The Vajra Guru Mantra is the mantra of Guru Padmasambhava, the
founder of Buddhism in Tibet. It is said to be especially beneficial for these
troubled times, for it has great power to calm the tensions and anxieties so
common to our age. If one sits quietly and concentrates complete attention
upon one’s own voice chanting the mantra, the worry and distress that continuously
keep the mind in turmoil will slowly suffuse with a deep calm.
With practice, it is possible to extend the period of peaceful concentration,
thus creating a refuge from fears, doubts, and other painful mental
distractions. As mind gradually settles and awareness arises, the selfnature
of mind can be realized.
The word mala means ‘arland or rosary in Sanskrit. A mala consists
of 108 or 27 beads. Buddha recommended the mantra practice as a path to
enlightenment for ordinary people. Hold the mala gently, with respect. Start
counting with the first bead after the “guru” bead. Count a bead for each
completed recitation. When you complete either 108 or 4x27 recitations, do
not pass over the “guru” bead. Instead, flip the mala around 180 degrees,
and keep going the same direction. In closing you may like to dedicate
merit to a specific person or group of people and all sentient beings.